facebook pixel

Weather

The Bay Area is famous for its microclimates. Learn about the patterns of rain, sun, and wind that make our home what it is.

How Extreme Heat Caught San Francisco By Surprise Over Labor Day Weekend

September 19, 2017 by Eric Simons

Forecasters thought it would be hot in San Francisco over Labor Day -- meaning, you know, in the high 80s. Instead it was 106. What happened?

No Comments

How to Help Bees When It’s Hot Out

September 01, 2017 by Beth Slatkin

Hot weather can be tough on our local wildlife, including wild bees. But you can help by making a safe "watering hole" for tiny pollinators.

No Comments

What Is An Atmospheric River, and How Does One Affect California’s Rainfall?

July 27, 2015 by Les Rowntree

Current climate change research suggests California’s weather could become even more variable than in the past, a “new normal” of drier dry periods punctuated by wetter winter storms.

No Comments

High Pressure Ridge Gone at Start of Rainy Season

December 13, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Is California's drought caused by "natural variability" or was it much more likely to happen under climate change?

No Comments

Q&A: Pixar Animator Simon Christen on His Remarkable Time-Lapse of Bay Area Fog

October 09, 2014 by Paul Epstein

Somewhere between animation and photography, Swiss-born Simon Christen has found his happy place: time-lapse photography. His “day job” is as ...

No Comments

Was California’s Extreme Drought Part of Our New Climate Normal?

October 01, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Was California's record-breaking 2013-2015 drought a window into the future?

No Comments

The Beauty of an Atmospheric River

February 07, 2014 by Eric Simons

The forecast calls for big rain this weekend from an "atmospheric river," a plume of moisture stretching thousands of miles across the Pacific and splashing onto land right smack on the Northern California coast.

4 Comments

Who’s Suffering, Who’s Not as Drought Stretches On

November 18, 2013 by Eric Simons

As drought stretches on in California, local plants and animals are falling back on their evolutionarily honed behaviors for outlasting the dry.

3 Comments

Winter Fog Brings Quiet Beauty to Bay Area Parks

January 03, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

With all the cold and moist days we've had lately, it's the perfect time to experience winter's tule fog, a different variety than summer's ocean-borne type.

No Comments

West Coast doesn’t have hurricanes, it has the Pineapple Express

November 01, 2012 by Alison Hawkes

A geologist reminds us that a "Pineapple Express" could do just as much damage here as Hurricane Sandy did back East.

No Comments

Bay Nature